It is important to remember that self harm is not a sign of weakness and is believed to be an essential release for some individuals. Only by working with people we can support them to change this habbit and assist in making more informed chioces.
There are a number of different signs that someone may be self harming. As described in NHS Choices:
• unexplained cuts, bruises, or cigarette burns, usually on the wrists, arms, thighs and chest
• keeping themselves fully covered at all times, even in hot weather
• signs of depression, such as low mood, tearfulness or a lack of motivation or interest in anything
• self-loathing and expressing a wish to punish themselves
• not wanting to go on and wishing to end it all
• becoming very withdrawn and not speaking to others
• changes in eating habits or being secretive about eating, and any unusual weight loss or weight gain
• signs of low self-esteem, such as blaming themselves for any problems or thinking they're not good enough for something
• signs they have been pulling out their hair
• signs of alcohol or drugs misuse
There are a number of organisations that can offer help to anyone who is suffering due to self-harm. The Samaritans can be contacted 24/7 in the UK on 116 123
Breathing Space is availabel on 0800 838587
Four Pillars members also offer advice and support and can advocate on your behalf if you want to contact us in the first instance please call 07583484435. Although not available 24/7 we do answer the phone at different times thorughout the day and will always call back if we miss you. However, it is important to remember Four Pillars do not offer counselling services and although can get you through crisis. We will refer you to outside sources for counselling based on your needs.